Bill Zanker

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Bill Zanker is an American businessman who is best known for being the founder of the adult education company The Learning Annex.

Entrepreneurial pursuits[edit]


In 2013 Zanker announced the launch of, a digital platform aimed at broadening the crowdfunding market to include the general public. One of the more notable financial partners is Donald Trump, who, as of May 7, 2013, personally supports new projects on a weekly basis that are also promoted on Trump's Twitter account.[1]

In July 2013, the platform supported comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla to raise US$1 million in under 30 days for his film Road Hard.[2]

The Learning Annex[edit]

In 1980 Zanker founded The Learning Annex, which he later sold in 1991. He remained a consultant until 1997, when he partnered with California Learning Annex and acquired New York Learning Annex. In December 2001, Zanker became the owner of all Learning Annex Properties after buying out his partners.[citation needed]

The Great American BackRub[edit]

In 1993, Zanker founded a chain of stress reduction stores called The Great American BackRub. He sold the company to The Barclay Group in 1997.[citation needed][edit]

In 1998, Zanker started, an internet-based eLearning companies. In 1999, he sold it for $9 million.[citation needed]


In 2007, Zanker started a second education website called OneMinuteU. The site centered on video sharing. The idea is that users can post videos, but they must teach the viewer something and the video must be one minute long.[citation needed]

Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life[edit]

In 2007, Zanker co-authored a book with Donald Trump called Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life also released under the title Think Big: Make It Happen in Business and Life.

Personal life[edit]

Zanker is married to Deborah Zanker, and the two have three children, Ediva, Dylan and Vera Zanker. The family currently resides in Utah. Zanker grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and majored in film towards a master's degree at The New School.[3]


  1. ^ "Donald Trump gets into crowdfunding". CNN. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  2. ^ Jens Erik Gould (12 September 2013). "In Hollywood, Crowdfunding Isn't Just for No-Names". The Financialist. Credit Suisse. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Timberlake, Cotten. "`How To' Courses Leading 30-Year-Old to Riches", Los Angeles Times, January 24, 1985. Accessed December 20, 2008.

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